When you hear the word ‘therapy’, what comes to your mind? Most of us find our minds drifting towards healing, isn’t it? Depending on whether it is physical or mental, therapy is a process that cleanses our minds and heals us from our pains. Now, have you ever heard of one of the most ancient and purest forms of therapy from China? If you haven’t, be ready to dive into a traditional form of therapeutic practice.
Cupping, also known as Hijama, is a form of ancient Chinese treatment that stimulates life force energy through meridians in the body. It is an ancient healing technique performed by placing cups on select skin points to create a subatmospheric pressure, either by heat or by suction. This eases conditions such as pain, muscle knots, and swellings.
Therapists perform cupping using glass cups, plastic cups or silicone cups that are rounded on one end and have a valve on the other.
There are two main forms of cupping in practice today:
Dry cupping - Suction only method.
Wet cupping - Involves both suction and controlled medicinal bleeding.
But, the question is, what are the benefits of undergoing cupping therapy? Let’s take a look below.
The suction from the cups, increases circulation to the area where the cups are placed. It relieves muscle tension, which improves overall blood flow and promotes cell repair. Increased circulation of blood through cupping also helps to reduce the appearance of cellulite. Cupping therapy may also help form new connective tissues and create new blood vessels in the tissue.
Your lymphatic system is responsible for eliminating your body’s toxins and waste. An improved circulation leads to body tissues receiving adequate nutrition, further improving venous return. Cupping therapy, therefore, helps your body by flushing built-up toxins through the lymphatic system.
In this fast paced world, most of us hardly spend time to give our bodies the rest it deserves. The pressure your body bears during daily living activities, extra usage of electronic devices as a consequence of the pandemic, all has led to chronic muscle soreness. An excess of this pressure can lead to chronic fatigue syndrome, which could be a long-standing form of fatigue. In such a scenario, cupping is an effective treatment for this condition.
Health conditions such as arthritis and sciatica can bring you immense pain. Cupping therapy therefore, reduces muscle stiffness, headache, lower back pain, neck pain, and knee pain that occur due to these ailments. Systemic illnesses that have cupping benefits include hypertension and diabetes mellitus too.
Cupping can benefit you by treating chest congestion that is a by-product of cold, bronchitis, or even asthma. The suction from cups breaks up and expels congestion. It brings oxygen-rich blood and lymph toward your lungs and other respiratory muscles.
Moreover, cupping helps to engage the parasympathetic nervous system, which increases blood flow to the digestive tract. Gentle cupping over the abdomen stimulates the insides of your digestive organs. It aids clear colon blockages, encourages blood and body-fluid to move through your organs, and helps relieve indigestion.
Cupping therapy offers countless benefits and brings you a relaxing experience, after all. It is often recommended for healthy individuals and also those with ailments as it reduces muscular restrictions, swelling, and catalyzes mobility.
On a cautionary note, although cupping is a low-risk therapy, there is a risk of infection. But don’t you worry, as your therapist can assist you avoid it by following the right procedures before and after the session.
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